By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
“The Black Beast” Derrick Lewis is a knockout artist. He could end the fight with one punch.
However, Lewis did not have that opportunity against Daniel Cormier, as the San Jose, California native ended the fight in the second-round of UFC 230 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The fight ended at the 2:14 mark in the second-round with a rear-naked choke.
Cormier is the first fighter to defend the heavyweight and light heavyweight championship belts at the same time.
Lewis took the fight nearly a month after fighting at the UFC 229 fight in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The 39-year-old Cormier has improved to 22-1-1 in his MMA career. He has 10 knockouts in his career with seven decisions. He also now has five submissions in his career.
Cormier won his first fight by rear-naked choke since April 8th, 2017. On that night at UFC 210, he defeated Anthony Johnson in the second-round by rear-naked choke.
He has now won all three fights this year. He first defeated Volkan Oezdemir at UFC 220 on January 20th, 2018 by TKO (Punches) in the second-round. He then defeated Stipe Miocic at UFC 226 by KO (Punches) in the first-round.
All five of his submission wins have come via rear-naked choke.
The 33-year-old Lewis fell to 21-6-1 in his MMA career. The Houston, Texas native suffered his first submission loss of his career.
The loss to Cormier snapped a three-fight win streak, all this year. He went through Marcin Tybura in February, Francis Ngannou in July, and Alexander Volkov in October before being dispatched by Cormier in the second-round.
This was Lewis’ first loss since he was defeated by UFC Fight Night 110 on June 10th, 2017 by TKO (Punches) in the fourth-round.
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